Elwin Soto vs Katsunari Takayama title fight joins Canelo-Saunders on May 8th

Only a week after becoming a member of forces with Matchroom Boxing, WBO gentle flyweight champion Elwin Soto has his subsequent task. ESPN’s Salvador Rodriguez studies that “La Pulga” will face multiple-time minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayami on DAZN’s Might ninth Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders card.

A win will doubtless arrange a unification conflict with WBA “Tremendous” champion Hiroto Kyoguchi, who additionally signed with Matchroom final December.

Soto (18-1, 12 KO) has made two profitable defenses since controversially stopping Angel Acosta for the belt, although neither got here simple. Each Edward Heno and Carlos Buitrago actually made him work for it, so he might actually do with a decisive victory.

The 37-year-old Takayama (32-8, 12 KO) loved 4 stints as a world champion and one as an interim champion earlier than leaving professional boxing in 2016 to pursue Olympic glory. That plan fell aside when he misplaced a qualifying event in 2019, main him to retire earlier than returning to the paid ranks final 12 months with a call over two-time title challenger Reiya Konishi.

Scott has rundown of his myriad accomplishments right here. Contemplating his age, this figures to be his final shot at glory.

The occasion will reportedly additionally function a vacant IBF featherweight title combat between Child Galahad and Jazza Dickens.

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